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Bulldogs celebrate International Women’s Day

Western Bulldogs have celebrated International Women’s Day by holding a More Powerful Together event

4:26pm  Mar 8, 2019

Shaping tomorrow’s leaders of the west

WB Community Foundation is on the hunt for the next young influential leaders

2:27pm  Feb 25, 2019

Bulldogs celebrate International Women's Day

Hear from key community leaders at the Foundation's 'More Powerful Together' event.

8:00am  Feb 17, 2019

Healthy Living Program (Adult and Youth Programs)

The adults group information sessions educate eligible client groups on physical and mental health and wellbeing, and improve healthy living. These group information sessions will be held across a six to eight week program that will educate clients to overcoming key risk factors such as unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, drugs, alcohol and poor mental health.

Activities will focus on delivering better preventative health measures for new arrivals, including; information dissemination regarding healthy living, exercise, nutrition, mental health, addictions and personal safety.

The youth group information sessions educate eligible client groups on physical and mental health and wellbeing, and improve healthy living and are tailored to meet the specific needs of youth clients, aged 12 to 25 years. Our Youth Health and Wellbeing program will address contemporary youth issues in a settlement context, such as; consumer affairs, cyber-bullying, drugs & alcohol, peer pressure, intergenerational conflict, mental health, respectful relationships, social participation, and Australian culture.

CALDplay Sports Programs (Adults, Youth and Junior Programs)

This Program will provide clients with social participation opportunities through the medium of sport and physical activity, whilst promoting healthy living. 

Structured sports programs will assist clients to make social connections and enhance their economic and personal wellbeing by providing opportunities to speak English in a social setting and developing employability skills through sport, particularly teamwork and communication.

Each program will be delivered on a sustained model of engagement with new arrivals (minimum six weekly sessions per sport). The program will build trust, awareness, appreciation, understanding and skills for each sport as well as enable participants to develop life and social skills.

Exposure and Employability Tours

Local exposure tours will introduce clients to local services in the fields of youth, health, employment, education, sport and recreation.  Tours will provide clients an introduction to local services and facilities, including relevant staff and volunteers. 

Half or full day tours will be delivered in partnership with local councils, sports clubs, community centres and mainstream service providers and will provide clients with information on further access and participation opportunities.  Tours of facilities and services will also be incorporated into the activities of youth and adult support groups, healthy living programs and community sports programs.

Topics to be covered during the tours may include:

  • Alternative education and training pathways, including apprenticeships and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
  • Connections with mainstream services, including youth drop in programs, adult learner classes and sports clubs.
  • Mainstream services that can assist clients to develop self-reliance, such as emergency services, road traffic authorities, employment services, community centres and government agencies.

Community Leadership Program

Newly arrived community leaders will be taught leadership skills through training, mentoring and volunteering opportunities. Leaders will be empowered to manage and run their own community sports events and programs which benefit their own community as well as provide opportunities to engage with other client groups, service providers and mainstream communities.

This activity will provide employment and volunteering opportunities for client groups through existing Western Bulldogs Community Foundation activities and partnerships with the Foundation’s network of local, state and national sporting organisations and community agencies.

Community leaders will be trained in coaching and officiating skills, as well as in areas such as fundraising, advocacy, media, event management and committee management which will equip them with the knowledge and confidence to manage their own community events and programs. 

School Holiday Programs

Youth sport and recreation programmes will target all eligible clients aged 14 – 24 years old. Activities will focus on developing life skills, social participation opportunities and developing independence in a family and culturally appropriate framework. Youth activities will include group information sessions and training on leadership, communication and social participation as well as recreational activities and excursions.

Community mentors will provide support, positive social networks and healthy role modelling for clients.

Activities will assist newly arrived youth, humanitarian entrants in particular, to identify common goals and interests, develop a shared purpose and promote a sense of identity and belonging.

Young Women's And Men's Peer Support Groups

The young women’s and men’s group for eligible clients will provide social support and networking opportunities to reduce social isolation and increase connectedness with the community. This group will address personal well-being issues such as health, physical activity, social connections, mental health and self-esteem and respectful relationships (family violence). Sport will be used as the vehicle to engage with clients and address personal well-being issues.

This activity will result in greater self-reliance through increased confidence to foster friendships between young men and women which help reduce social isolation and increase knowledge healthy lifestyles and respectful relationships.

This activity will build self-reliance through improved understanding of health issues such as sexual health, exercise, nutrition, body image, anger management, mental health, relationships, alcohol and other drugs.

Referrals will be made health services and relevant youth and sport agencies.

Welcome And Community Events

In collaboration with community groups and other service providers, we host community and welcome events which engage with the settlement services client group and assist them to make connections with service providers and the broader community.  Activities may include one-off events to mark community celebrations, such as; Refugee Week, Cultural Diversity Week and Adult Leaners Week, or a launch or culmination of a longer-term program.

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